“Spanish news site El País reports that what remains of a 15th century hospital wall have been uncovered in what will become the basement of Apple’s new flagship store in Madrid, expected to open by the end of the year,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “The 6000-square metre store will be Apple’s 11th store in Spain, and its fourth in the capital, Madrid.”
The technology giant’s renovation of the building located at number 1, Puerta del Sol — formerly the Paris Hotel — led to the discovery of the outer walls of the Buen Suceso hospital, next to the church of the same name. Both buildings were demolished in 1854 to make room for the square. The remains of the church were initially discovered during the construction of the new Sol Metro and Cercanías light rail station in June 2009, halting the project for 10 months. The ruins were subsequently preserved in the mezzanine of the station, sheltered behind glass partitions.
Lovejoy reports, “The permit to develop the site was issued in the knowledge that further ruins might be discovered.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dslarsen” for the heads up.]